Children of
Roswell and Esther Slack
of Lake Pleasant and Wells

Prepared Mar 14, 2000

If you have information on any of these families, or descend from any of them, please contact me:

Mary Slack Maynard
P. O. Box 265
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Barbara Slack

Barbara Slack married Alden Lowden, born about 1803, before August 31, 1826, when they were named on a deed. Different records show the different spellings of the name, Louden and Lowden are used.

According to The History of Hamilton County1, Alden Lowden was a shingle maker in Lake Pleasant. He was a voter in the November 4, 1839 election and in 1845 he was one of commissioners of highway for the town of Lake Pleasant. In 1847 Alden Lowden had 4 children in school, Rachel would have been 11, Sarah 9, Jane 6 and Rhoda 4 or 5. There were probably older children as there were two females under 5 recorded in the 1830 census.

Alden Lowden, age 45, was a guide at the Satterlee House. In 1850 he was aged 47 and engaged in hunting and fishing. In 1859 Alden's name is listed in account book for Sageville (the early name for Lake Pleasant).

The information about the children of Barbara Slack and Alden Lowden comes from the census records and from descendants of Nathan Slack.


Nathan Slack

Nathan Slack married Samantha Dunning, daughter of Shadrack and Mary Nichols Dunning. So far, we do not have a marriage date. Samantha was born December 17, 1812 in Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County, New York and died March 28, 1878 in Speculator. Nathan and Samantha are, buried in Speculator Cemetery. According to one of her granddaughters she had stomach problems and could not eat sweets.

According to various sources 1,2,3, Nathan lived on Page Street in the Town of Lake Pleasant beginning in 1837. He owned land in Lots 20, 21 and 22, living on 50 acres in Lot 20, Township. 2, near the head of Echo Lake. Helen Slack York, his granddaughter, lived at the foot of the hill in sight of the "Old Homestead." Nathan's son Benajah (Helen's father) and his

family lived on the "homestead." Benajah rebuilt part of the original house, and in doing so moved part of the foundation.

Nathan was at one time employed by A. K. Morehouse to clear land near Piseco. He was constable in 1839 and overseer of Road District 5 in 1842. He was a registered voter in 1839 and in the 1850 census was listed as a shinglemaker with his sons Edward and Roswell. In 1880 Nathan was living with his son Roswell. Nathan's mother, Esther J. Slack, was living with him in 1850 and 1860.

As for the children of Nathan and Samantha, granddaughter Helen Slack York said that there was a daughter Ella who was younger than Benajah and Lyman. She was sure that Ella died before she [Helen] was born [1898]. There was no Ella listed in family Bible however. Nor is there a Charlotte. Another granddaughter, Mabel Charlotte Slack Craig Earley, said she was named after an Aunt Charlotte. I wonder if she confused the Aunt Charlotte with Sharlot Nichols wife of Peter Weaver--Peter's second wife was Carrie Slack, daughter of Mabel's Uncle Roswell.

According to the Bible and census records, the children of Nathan and Samantha were:


More on this line later

Eliza Slack

Eliza Slack married David Stephen Fountain about 1830. David was born Sepember 10, 1809, based on his death date, in Wells, Hamilton County, NY, the son of Benjamin Fountain and his wife Nancy or Ann See. David died on March 5/6, 1900 age 91 years, 6 mo, 25 days1 and is buried in the Wells Cemetery, next to the Methodist Church. David was a farmer.

David Fountain was the head of a household in the 1830 Census for Wells, with 1 male 20 - 30, 1 female 20 - 30. There is a deed dated Nov 1, 1830 in which David and Eliza Fountain sell property in the Sacandaga Patent

The 1840 census, of Lake Pleasant lists 1 male under 5, 1 male 30 - 40, 1 female under 5, 2 females 5 - 10 and 1 female 10 - 40. The 1850 census of Lake pleasant shows David S, a farmer, 41, Elizabeth 40, Eliza Jane 15, Melinda 13, Henry 11, Martin 8, Laura 6, Joseph 3, and Abram 11 months, all born in New York.

The 1860 census of Wells shows David S, 51, a farmer with real estate of $350 and a personal estate of $300, Elizabeth 51, Malinda 23, a domestic, Daniel H 20, performing farm labor [this was probably David Henry], Martin F 19, performing farm labor, Laura B 15, a domestic, Joseph N 12, and William 8, all born NY

I did not find the Fountains in the 1870 census of Wells. The 1880 census of Wells lists David S Fountain, 70, a farmer, Elizabeth 71, his wife, William S 27, his son, and John Satterlee 13, his nephew, all born NY as well as their parents.

David and Eliza Slack Fountain had the following descendants:


Jane Ann Slack

possibly the daughter of Roswell

Jane Ann Slack married Amos Page, son of Ephraim B. Page. Amos was born March 25 1814/1816 in Galway, NY. He died October 6, 1903 and is buried in Speculator Cemetery, Speculator, NY. Jane and Amos had:

More on the Page family at a later date.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-May-2008 13:17:31 PDT
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